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Author McKibbin, Ross, author

Title Democracy and political culture : studies in modern British history / Ross McKibbin
Published Oxforfd, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, [2019]
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Contents Introduction and acknowledgements -- J.M. Keynes as sociologist -- A story of his time -- The triumph of the medical hero -- The two-party system in Britain -- Sport between 'play' and 'system' -- Sport as religion and emotion -- Undoing stereotypes -- Conclusion
Summary Democracy and Political Culture: Studies in Modern British History attempts to give a total picture of the political-social culture of Great Britain in the twentieth century. To do so it chooses a number of particular subjects which nonetheless stand for this culture as a whole, and which together allow us to reach a number general conclusions about modern British history. In this sense it is a successor to McKibbin's previous collection of essays, The Ideologies of Class (1991), while it also takes up a number of the themes of his Classes and Cultures (1998). Above all, it is a study of British democracy and asks the questions: what does it mean to describe Britain as a democratic society and how might we measure it against other comparable societies? To do so, McKibbin has chosen not only more 'global' subjects - Britain's social structure and the sources of political authority; the social and political effects of the first world war; Britain's electoral and party system; its literary culture; its sporting culture, and the relation of that culture to the rest of the world, as well as to Britain itself; and a comparison of Britain's political culture with one of the closest comparable societies, Australia, and what that tells us about Britain - but also individual studies of three men, very prominent in British life, who, in different ways, both contributed to Britain's political culture and were also students of it: J.M. Keynes, an economist, Harold Nicolson, a politician and writer, and A.J. Cronin, a novelist. All three represented British political culture in its broadest spectrum
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Democracy -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Political culture -- Great Britain -- Cross-cultural studies
Political culture -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Social structure -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- National.
Politics and government.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Cross-cultural studies.
Form Electronic book
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